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News For FIVE;ULTA;CBK;RGC;NURO;ZUMZ;AVGO;ZNGA;FB;YUM;GRPN From The Last 14 Days
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December 19, 2014
16:01 EDTFBOptions Update; December 19, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 27c to 29.90. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB C GILD BAC NFLX according to Track Data.
12:04 EDTFBFacebook rises after Citi nearly doubles Instagram value estimate
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09:37 EDTFBActive equity options trading
Active equity options trading according to Track Data: AAPL TSLA BBRY AMZN CELG GILD JCP AMAT FB
06:23 EDTFBCiti raises valuation of Facebook's Instagram to $35B from $19B
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December 18, 2014
09:35 EDTFBActive equity options trading
Active equity options trading according to Track Data: AAPL FB TSLA PBR RAD AMAT NFLX GILD KMI TWTR
06:13 EDTFBKey PayPal executive leaves for Facebook, WSJ reports
PayPal’s VP of growth and global strategy, Stan Chudnovsky, is leaving the company ahead of its planned spinoff from eBay (EBAY), The Wall Street Journal reports. Chudnovsky is set to join Facebook (FB) as its head of product management for messaging products. Reference Link
December 17, 2014
16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; December 17, 2014
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13:03 EDTGRPNGroupon jumps 5% after positive mention by Leon Cooperman
Shares of Groupon are trading higher after Leon Cooperman of Omega Advisors said on CNBC that his firm believes shares are worth 40%-50% more than current trading levels. Cooperman added that the provider of coupons is not a large holding for Omega. Groupon shares are up 5%, or 32c, to $7.15 in afternoon trading.
12:59 EDTGRPNCooperman says Groupon not a big position for Omega
12:59 EDTGRPNCooperman says Groupon worth 40%-50% more than current levels
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12:58 EDTGRPNCooperman talks about new position in Groupon
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09:41 EDTZNGAActive equity options trading
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08:54 EDTFBMGT Capital launches fantasy sports platform on Facebook
MGT Capital (MGT ) launched Daily Fantasy Legend, a fantasy sports game based in Facebook (FB) where players create teams of athletes from the rosters of major professional sports, and then compete in tournaments on a daily basis.
December 16, 2014
16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; December 16, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 1.55 to 34.60. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB C GILD BAC NFLX AA MGM MCD according to Track Data.
10:15 EDTULTAUlta Salon upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen
Cowen transferred coverage on Ulta Salon with an Outperform rating from a Market Perform rating.
07:41 EDTAVGOSome semconductor names to benefit from LTE, auto strength, says Oppenheimer
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07:01 EDTFBFacebook engagement metrics remain strong, says JPMorgan
JPMorgan says Facebook’s share of overall Internet time improved month-over-month to 16.9% from 16.2% in October while its share of mobile time excluding Instagram and Whatsapp increased to 21% versus 20% in October. The firm says Facebook's engagement metrics remain strong and it reiterates an Overweight rating on the stock with an $85 price target.
06:57 EDTFBGoogle price target lowered to $600 from $670 at JPMorgan
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December 15, 2014
07:58 EDTFBWhatsApp rumored to be at work on web version of app, Business Insider says
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06:21 EDTFBFacebook's Oculus acquires Nimble VR, 13th Lab
Oculus, which was acquired by Facebook earlier this year, announced on its blog last week that it has acquired startup companies Nimble VR and 13th Lab AB. Terms of the deals have not been disclosed. Reference Link
06:10 EDTFBFacebook implied volatility of 30 at lower end of index mean range
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06:06 EDTFBFacebook stops including results from Bing on site, Reuters reports
A Facebook (FB) spokesperson has confirmed that the company has stopped including results from Microsoft’s (MSFT) Bing search engine on its site as it has revamped its own search offerings, Reuters reported on Friday. Facebook recently introduced a tool that allows users to quickly find past comments and other information posted by their friends on the social networking site. The spokesperson comments that "We continue to have a great partnership with Microsoft in lots of different areas." Reference Link
December 12, 2014
16:33 EDTYUMStocks finish week lower amid steep decline in oil prices
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16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; December 12, 2014
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09:35 EDTFBActive equity options trading
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08:13 EDTULTAUlta Salon management tone underscores strong trends, says RW Baird
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07:27 EDTYUMYum! Brands KFC guidance looks conservative, says Bernstein
After attending Yum's Investor Day, Bernstein thinks the company's 2015 KFC EBIT guidance is conservative, barring another scandal. The firm believes that the company's Global Brands has strong momentum outside of China, as it expects Pizza hut to rebound in 2015. Bernstein would have liked to see Yum! take more steps to lower its risk, but the firm keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
07:06 EDTYUMYum! Brands has multiple long-term opportunities, says RBC Capital
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December 11, 2014
13:57 EDTFBFacebook using contact info to measure ad effectiveness, Wired says
Facebook is measuring how much its ads influence shoppers by comparing phone numbers and e-mails collected in stores with the phone numbers and e-mail addresses on Facebook accounts, Wired quoted Brian Boland, the vice president of ad tech at Facebook,as saying. Reference Link
12:39 EDTYUMYum! Brands spikes as dealReporter says it may be a 3G Capital target
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11:26 EDTYUMYum! Brands spikes as dealReporter says it may be a 3G Capital target
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11:26 EDTYUMYum! higher after dealReporter highlights National Post story
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11:23 EDTYUMYum! Brands calls active on activist chatter report
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10:38 EDTFBFacebook holds a webcast
Facebook holds a live Q&A webcast with Mark Zuckerberg on December 11 at 5 pm. Webcast Link
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10:13 EDTULTAOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:49 EDTYUMYum! Brands: Taco Bell 'making good progress' on becoming $14B brand by 2022
09:35 EDTYUMYum! Brands says it needs more innovation to appease the millennials generation
09:09 EDTYUMYum! Brands expects December sales to be 'significantly better'
Expects China division to return to growth. Says the turnaround in China to be the company's number 1 priority. Expects $2B system sales in China with at least $600M profit. Does not believe the issues company faces is not a structural issue, but an issue in China which it expects to turnaround. Comments taken from Yum! Brands Investor & Analyst Conference.
08:54 EDTFBFacebook management to meet with UBS
Meeting to be held in London on December 11 hosted by UBS.
08:53 EDTFBBritain lays out details for proposed 25% 'Google Tax,' WSJ reports
U.S. technology giants such as Google (GOOGL, GOOG), Facebook (FB), Microsoft (MSFT) and Apple (AAPL) have come under fire in Britain for the relatively small corporate taxes they pay there and the U.K. government detailed plans for a new 25% tax on profits of multinational technology and other companies, reported The Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
07:52 EDTULTAUlta Salon initiated with an Outperform at Raymond James
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December 10, 2014
16:44 EDTYUMOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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13:06 EDTYUMAnalysts divided on Yum! following preannouncement
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12:24 EDTYUMOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street opened in negative territory and have remained there throughout the morning. The averages have moved in a narrow range as the price of crude continues to fall. Near noon, WTI crude was down another 5% to roughly $60 per barrel. The weakness is effecting equities, as investors are concerned the oil price weakness is indicative of the slowing global economy. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., House and Senate lawmakers reportedly reached a deal on a nearly $1.1T bill to fund most of the government through September and avert a shutdown. The EIA estimated crude oil supplies grew 1.5 Mmbbls last week, while consensus expected a 2.7 Mmbbls decrease. The Treasury budget statement for November is expected at 2:00 pm ET, with the consensus expectation for a deficit of $63B. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of JPMorgan (JPM) declined 2% after guidelines proposed yesterday by the Federal Reserve would likely result in the firm managing to a higher capital buffer. Additionally, JPMorgan CFO Marianne Lake, speaking earlier at a Goldman Sachs conference, said the bank sees its Q4 reported markets revenues down by a "high teens" percentage and that its "core" markets performance in Q4, excluding the sale of physical commodities and allocation of preferred dividend expense, is indicated down 4% to-date compared to last year's quarter. Lake became the latest bank executive to discuss a Q4 trading slump, after Bank of America (BAC) CEO Brian Moynihan, speaking yesterday at the same financial conference, said the bank expects its Q4 trading revenue to be down on both a linked-quarter and year-over-year basis. Also yesterday, Citigroup (C) CEO Michael Corbat estimated that the bank's Q4 markets revenue would be down year-over-year by about 5%. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Analogic (ALOG), which rose 12% after the company reported better than expected quarterly earnings. Also higher was Novadaq (NVDQ), which gained 11.5% after the company signed a multi-year distributor agreement with LifeNet Health that analysts at Canaccord said could potentially be a big deal and materially help its near and long-term prospects. Among the noteworthy losers was Yum! Brands (YUM), which dropped nearly 5% after the owner of the KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell brands issued a negative preannouncement on its China business and provided lower than expected 2015 EPS guidance. Also lower were shares of Krispy Kreme (KKD), which sunk 8% after the donut maker reported weaker than expected earnings and revenue. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 164.41, or 0.92%, to 17,636.79, the Nasdaq was down 32.79, or 0.69%, to 4,733.68, and the S&P 500 was down 17.43, or 0.85%, to 2,042.39.
11:12 EDTFBInstagram announces service now has over 300M users
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10:52 EDTYUMYum! Brands trades off session lows, levels to watch
The stock was last down 4% to $72.20, off the earlier low at $71 which is now support. At current price next resistance would be at $72.93, the session high.
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10:00 EDTYUMOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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08:27 EDTYUMYum! Brands valuation still attractive, says Bernstein
After Yum! negatively preannounced China sales and issued FY15 EPS guidance, Bernstein thinks the company's FY15 guidance is "appropriately conservative." The firm expects the company;'s China results to accelerate in 2H15, and adds that the company will likely face added pressure to unlock value if the pace of its China recovery is slower than expected. The firm keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
08:09 EDTFBFacebook management to meet with UBS
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07:56 EDTYUM, YUMYum! Brands downgraded to Outperform from Buy at CLSA
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07:46 EDTYUMYum! Brands shares defended at Stifel
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07:39 EDTYUMYum! Brands now a 'show me' story, says UBS
UBS noted Yum! Brands revised its forward guidance and was disappointed as it undermined the confidence in the pace of the China recovery. The firm feels the guidance could be conservative, but said Yum! Brands is now a "show me" story with less benefit of the doubt offered ahead of a demonstrated recovery. UBS reiterated its Buy rating and $85 price target on Yum! Brands shares.
07:05 EDTYUMYum! Brands guidance could be conservative, says RBC Capital
After Yum! preannounced lower than expected China sales, RBC Capital was surprised by the news, but thinks the company's outlook for at least 10% EPS growth in 2015 could be conservative. The firm trimmed its price target on the name to $82 from $85 but keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
07:01 EDTNURONeuroMetrix expands IP for wearable pain relief technology
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06:43 EDTYUMYum! Brands to allow Chinese consumers to tour KFC kitchens, Reuters reports
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December 9, 2014
18:21 EDTYUMOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Korn/Ferry (KFY), up 3.1%... Analogic (ALOG), up 2.7%. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Freshpet (FRPT), down 8.5% after reporting quarterly results... Krispy Kreme (KKD), down 4.9%... Broadcom (BRCM), reverses to down just below 1%. ALSO LOWER: Agios Pharmaceuticals (AGIO), down 1.9% after filing to sell $175M of common stock... Yum! Brands (YUM), down 4.6% after providing fiscal 2015 operating guidance.
16:27 EDTYUMYum! Brands down over 3% following FY14, FY15 guidance
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16:24 EDTYUMYum! Brands sees FY14 mid-single-digit adjusted EPS growth, consensus $3.24
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16:22 EDTYUMYum! Brands CEO says 'firmly committed to double-digit EPS growth in 2015'
Greg Creed, CEO effective January 1, 2015, said, “We are firmly committed to returning to double-digit EPS growth in 2015, delivering at least 10% growth with the potential to do significantly better. We fully expect to bounce-back in China and benefit from tremendous sales leverage as sales rebound. We have solid plans to drive same-store sales growth and margin improvement in China, while continuing to open new restaurants with confidence in the world’s fastest-growing economy. Further, sustained momentum at our KFC and Taco Bell Divisions, and the recent relaunch of our Pizza Hut U.S. business are also expected to contribute to our double-digit EPS growth. Our brands are the global leaders in their respective categories, and we expect to build on this strength with breakthrough product innovation, insight-driven marketing and digital leadership in the years ahead. Overall, we expect to open over 2,100 new international restaurants next year, further strengthening our lead in emerging markets. We remain focused on the three keys to driving shareholder value: same-store sales growth, new-unit development and generating high returns on invested capital. I’m confident we’ll deliver full-year EPS growth of at least 10% in 2015 and produce consistent double-digit EPS growth over the long term.”
16:20 EDTYUMYum! Brands provides FY15 operating guidance
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16:18 EDTYUMYum! Brands sees FY14 China division SSS negative mid-single digits
The company said, "As previously reported, China Division sales were significantly impacted by adverse publicity in July regarding improper food handling practices by a former supplier. Sales continue to recover, but at a slower pace than expected. We estimate China Division full-year same-store sales will be negative mid-single digits. With this assumption, we now estimate mid-single-digit full-year EPS growth, excluding Special Items." FY14 EPS consensus $3.24.
16:16 EDTYUMYum! Brands sees FY15 EPS growth at least 10%, consensus $3.78
Yum! expects to deliver at least 10% EPS growth in 2015, excluding Special Items.
16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; December 9, 2014
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12:48 EDTFBFacebook volatility at low end of historic range
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08:06 EDTAVGOAvago announces 35c per share interim dividend
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December 8, 2014
10:20 EDTULTA, FIVEOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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09:13 EDTYUMYum! Brands to host analyst and investor meeting
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08:54 EDTFIVEFive Below Q4, FY15 guidance conservative, says Janney Capital
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07:59 EDTZUMZZumiez weakness a buying opportunity, says Brean Capital
Brean Capital said the weakness in Zumiez is a buying opportunity, as the company's authentic and differentiated merchandise assortment has been instrumental in creating strong brand loyalty, leading to higher productivity levels than its peers. Brean Capital reiterates its Buy rating and $40 price target on Zumiez shares.
06:46 EDTYUMYum! Brands coverage resumed with a Sell at Goldman
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December 5, 2014
16:52 EDTFIVEDow just below 18K as market finishes week with gains
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13:23 EDTZUMZZumiez pullback a buying opportunity, says Brean Capital
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12:50 EDTFIVEOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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12:05 EDTULTAWinslow Capital reports 4.99% passive stake in Ulta Salon
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12:03 EDTFIVEFive Below plummets after Q4, FY14 outlooks trail analysts' estimates
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10:46 EDTFIVEBig Lots tumbles after Q3 results misses estimates
Shares of closeout retailer Big Lots (BIG) are lower this morning after the company's third quarter earnings failed to meet analyst estimates. WHAT'S NEW: Big Lots reported Q3 earnings per share of (6c) and revenue of $1.11B, missing analysts' consensus estimates of (5c) and $1.12B, respectively. Same store sales increased 1.4% for the quarter, the company said. Big Lots said Jennifer, its core customer, is responding positively to the improved merchandising strategies such as the recent expansion of its Food category and the Furniture lease-to-purchase program. Inventory ended the quarter at $1.08B vs. $1.24B for the previous year. Looking ahead, Big Lots raised the high end of its fourth quarter EPS view to $1.70-$1.80 from $1.70-$1.76 against analysts' consensus estimates of $1.78. and backed its Q4 SSS view of a low single digit increase. For fiscal year 2014, Big Lots backed its FY14 EPS view of $2.40-$2.50 against analysts' estimates of $2.49 and SSS guidance of up 1%-2%. WHAT'S NOTABLE: During the conference call to discuss Q3 earnings, Big Lots said it expects to see double digit drops in Electronics in the fourth quarter. Big Lots said it was encouraged by the start of November where comps were up by 2%, but also commented on less than favorable results from Thanksgiving and Black Friday, with one executive noting the lack of traffic at store checkouts during Black Friday. The retailer also said it sees positive opportunity for January in food, furniture and home. PRICE ACTION: During morning trading, Big Lots fell $6.56, or 13.68, to $41.39. OTHERS TO WATCH: Five Below (FIVE), which reported in-line third quarter EPS and a lower-than-expected fourth quarter and fiscal year 2014 outlook, is down 12.3% to $37.56.
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10:20 EDTFIVEFive Below falls, levels to watch
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10:20 EDTFBYahoo rises, Google falls after BofA changes ratings on both
Shares of Yahoo (YHOO) are rising and Google's (GOOG, GOOGL) stock is falling after Bank of America Merrill Lynch upgraded Yahoo and downgraded Google. WHAT'S NEW: Bank of America analyst Justin Post upgraded his rating on Yahoo to Buy from Neutral. Post said he had previously not expected to obtain information about Yahoo's strategy for avoiding taxes on the sale of its stake in Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba (BABA) at least until well into 2015. However, Yahoo's CFO recently stated that the company continued to be optimistic that it would be able to cut its tax bill and added that the company would divulge its plans for doing so during its next earnings conference call. Yahoo's next earnings conference call is expected to take place by the end of next month, Post noted. He set a $62 price target on Yahoo shares. Meanwhile, Post downgraded Google to Neutral from Buy. The analyst thinks the company is facing several headwinds, including the maturity of its search business, a lack of products that can provide catalysts, and margin pressures as it invests in competitive businesses. As a result of these headwinds, Google's results are likely to be below expectations, Post believes. Meanwhile, the company is also facing increased regulatory risk, particularly in the EU, and increased competition from Facebook (FB) and other social networks. He trimmed his price target on Google to $580 from $600. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Yahoo climbed 1% to $50.94, while Google class A shares declined 1.5% to $534.33.
10:00 EDTFBOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Acorda Therapeutics (ACOR) initiated with a Neutral at Goldman... Builders FirstSource (BLDR) initiated with a Neutral at Sterne Agee... CSI Compressco (CCLP) initiated with a Buy at Stifel... California Resources Corp. (CRC) initiated with a Market Perform at Raymond James... Castlight Health (CSLT) initiated with an Equal Weight at First Analysis... DCP Midstream (DPM) initiated with a Buy at MLV & Co.... DSP Group (DSPG) initiated with an Outperform at Imperial Capital... Edwards Lifesciences (EW) initiated with an Outperform at Bernstein... EnLink Midstream (ENLK) initiated with a Buy at MLV & Co.... Facebook (FB) initiated with a Buy at MKM Partners... FireEye (FEYE) initiated with a Market Perform at JMP Securities... FleetCor (FLT) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... Imperva (IMPV) initiated with a Buy at Nomura... Keryx (KERX) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen... Knowles (KN) initiated with a Market Perform at FBR Capital... Marlin Midstream (FISH) initiated with a Buy at MLV & Co.... Paragon Offshore (PGN) initiated with a Sector Perform at Iberia... PepsiCo (PEP) initiated with a Buy at Evercore ISI... Proofpoint (PFPT) initiated with a Buy at Nomura... Relypsa (RLYP) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... Rocket Fuel (FUEL) initiated with a Sell at Maxim... Sprouts Farmers Markets (SFM) initiated with an Underperform at Longbow... Summit Midstream (SMLP) initiated with a Buy at MLV & Co.... TubeMogul (TUBE) initiated with a Buy at Maxim... Western Gas Partners (WES) initiated with a Buy at MLV & Co.
09:17 EDTFIVE, ULTAOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:14 EDTULTAUlta Salon price target raised to $150 from $130 at Credit Suisse
Credit Suisse raised Ulta Salon's price target to $150 citing the solid Q3 beat and raise. The firm remains bullish and reiterates its Outperform rating given market share gains, comp beats, new store openings, and accelerated brand wins.
08:55 EDTFBYahoo seen overtaking Twitter in U.S. mobile ad market share, WSJ reports
Research firm eMarketer predicts Google (GOOG, GOOGL) and Facebook (FB) will account for about 35% and 17%, respectively, of the U.S. mobile ad market in 2015, but the firm also expects Yahoo (YHOO) will edge past Twitter (TWTR) in terms of mobile ad revenue, with projected market shares of 3.74% and 3.69%, respectively, reported The Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
08:54 EDTULTAUlta Salon price target raised ot$135 on strong Q3 results at Morgan Stanley
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08:29 EDTULTAUlta Salon price target raised to $145 from $135 at RW Baird
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08:13 EDTCBKChristopher & Banks sell-off an overreaction, says Brean Capital
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07:54 EDTFIVEFive Below pullback a buying opportunity, says Jefferies
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07:47 EDTFIVEFive Below weakness would present buying opportunity, says UBS
UBS believes weakness in Five Below shares following the company's Q3 report would be a buying opportunity. The firm sees its issues as temporary and thinks they should be resolved in the next quarter or two and said management comments surrounding the company's mixed Black Friday weekend sales could cause the stock to be mispriced. UBS reiterated its Buy rating but lowered its price target to $48 from $50 on Five Below shares.
06:31 EDTFBFacebook initiated with a Buy at MKM Partners
Target $105.
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